The Tree King | 树王
Author / Illustrator: 大吴
There was once a little town and in it, a tree sapling began to grow. It grew and grew and kept growing into a big, gigantic tree. People started to take notice of the gigantic tree and it became a popular spot for shady respites and picnics. Everyone loves the gigantic tree and it kept growing. Soon, the gigantic tree became a tourist spot where people come from near and far to marvel at its majesty and beauty. As a result, the town develops rapidly and everyone enjoys the newfound prosperity brought about by the gigantic tree. But it is still growing. The gigantic tree grew so big that the roots started to sprout further and out of boundary. Nothing can stop its expansion outwards. How will the people react to this nature's force of destruction?
A thought-provoking picture book that hints at the cost of industrialization at the expense of nature. Interestingly, the author reversed the roles of the invader and victim in the fight for space which highlights the unjustified damage mankind inflict on nature.
The growth of the gigantic tree has helped the town to urbanize and reap the economic benefits from the developments built around the tree. But the persistent growth also brought unwanted destruction at the end. Does it sound like how our relentless pursue of economic goals is causing irreparable harm to our environment? And nature will fight back with a vengeance. To co-exist, it's important to strike a harmonious balance between nature and mankind, respecting the space and boundary for survival.
This makes a great book to get your child thinking of what are the challenges of industrialization and importance of conserving our environment.